DANCE LIKE A MOTHER: A BENEFIT FOR THE MOTHER PAC
6pm | $25.00 day of show
Join us for a DJ dance party, exclusively featuring women who rock! It's a fundraiser for an amazing organization - The Mother PAC - that supports candidates who support Oregon families. Because there aren't enough. Advance tickets available here.
MAIN SQUEEZE Dance Party
10pm | $3.00 day of show
Main Squeeze is a celebration for floor movers of all stripes. From house and techno to deep cuts and disco, expect nothing but the freshest selections off the vine. Whether you have a main squeeze to shake it with on the dance floor, or are on the hunt for a sweet new thing, we've got you covered with sensual selections all night long.
COMEDY IS OK.: POWERPOINT KARAOKE
Improvised presentations by:
Hutch Harris (of The Thermals)
DJ Emerson Lyon
DJ Emerson Lyon
8pm | $5.00 day of show
The sleeping giant of live entertainment, Comedy is OK. presents another quality night of relevant media. We are bringing back Powerpoint Karaoke! Last time was such a blast and we are pumped to do it again. This is how it works: in advance, five presenters will each create absurd/humorous PowerPoint Presentations on a specific "genre" randomly assigned to them (Science, Astrology, Conspiracy Theory, etc). On the night of the show, the presentations will all be reassigned to one of the other presenters. So each performer will be giving a presentation they have never seen before, while trying to act as natural and confident about the material as possible. This will be very entertaining. There will also be some traditional standup mixed throughout the show.
8pm | $5.00 day of show
"I just know that I've been here before. I just know that I've been stuck here...There's not another road anywhere that looks like this road. It's one kind of place. One of a kind...like someone's face." - My Own Private Idaho
Celebrate with Hand2Mouth at Holocene as they launch their latest performance adventure: a new work inspired by Gus Van Sant's 1991 classic, My Own Private Idaho. They will show a preview of the work they've done so far, and they've gathered some long-time Portland artists to explore themes from the film and this city we call home...how it's changed and how we change inside it.
A freewheeling evening of live art and conversation with:
Lisa Ward (architecture)
Karl Lind (film)
Jah Justice (film)
DJ Theo Craig
Hand2Mouth is a theatre ensemble committed to creating original work. Drawing from dance, music, theatre and design, Hand2Mouth strives to connect honestly with audiences and collaborators, blurring the line between performance and reality. We celebrate the raw, charged potential of the live encounter, and our methods and styles change to meet the demands of the work. Hand2Mouth performances push boundaries towards theatre that is bold and accessible.
"The kind of promise, fearlessness and energy that the American theater needs, and should encourage" - The Seattle Times
NIGHT ON DISCO MOUNTAIN: A HALLOWEEN DISCO BASH!
Purse Candy ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
Live visuals and deep cuts from:
Sex Life DJs
Sex Life DJs
Join us for a Halloween disco extravaganza, doubling as local disco-pop group Purse Candy's album release show! Costumes (esp. disco themed) are highly encouraged!
8:30pm | $6.00 day of show
Holocene and Abstract Earth Project present...
8:30pm | $10.00 advance $12.00 day of show
"We were never happy just making music on acoustic guitars," says Tom Howie of the organic-electronic sound of Bob Moses, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Canada duo he formed with partner Jimmy Vallance. "Our live show combines what a DJ does with a rock band," Vallance adds. "Everything flows together in a continuous mix for the dancefloor, but it's all our own original music, with live vocals and guitar. Then again, we came out of a scene that was trying to change what dance music is -- that pushed beyond the expected sonic spectrum."
That scene grew around the Marcy Hotel -- the revered venue that, in its half decade of existence, proved as important for New York's contemporary underground dance/electronic music world as CBGBs was for the '70s punk era. The acclaimed likes of Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, and Nicolas Jaar all gravitated around Marcy's infamous parties, reimagining dance music in their own groundbreaking image. "We were totally inspired by what was happening at the Marcy. It was a small room, could only hold a couple hundred people tops, but it proved to be such a pivotal place," Vallance says. "Alongside what other promoters like Resolute and Blackmarket were doing in abandoned warehouses in Brooklyn, New York was an inspiring place to be at the turn of the decade." Also present was Francis Harris, the iconoclastic DJ/producer and co-founder of tastemaker label Scissor & Thread, which fostered a more personal, homemade take on electronic sounds. After meeting at a studio session for techno mavericks M.A.N.D.Y., Harris, Howie, and Vallance found they shared common ground. "Francis set the road map for the sound we needed to find," Howie says.
Howie and Vallance started writing hooks for Harris' Frank & Tony project, furthering their collaboration. "We didn't think much of it until we played Marcy with Frank & Tony in 2012," Vallance recalls. "Tom sang live to the tracks we'd written, and people went insane! We'd never expected that reaction, which made us think we were on to something," Howie says. "We woke up the next day thinking 'We have to become our own act.' We came up with the songs for our first EP, Hands to Hold, and Francis agreed to put it out."
Hands to Hold's infectious title track appeared in two vastly different versions: an electronic mix that combined subtle grooves and tweaked sound design with Howie's moody vocals, and a drumless acoustic take. Bob Moses upped the anti-genre ante on its next EP, 2013's Far From the Tree: one track, "Interloper," was the kind of dark, fractured 4/4 instrumental one might hear at 5:00am on a Berlin dancefloor, while "Stealing Fire" proved a psychedelic downtempo confessional with eerily catchy vocal melodies; the title song, meanwhile, split the difference between those styles. "Out the gate, we wanted to make clear we weren't just a dance act," Vallance says.
Bob Moses received its oddball moniker from Francis Harris in homage to Robert Moses, the urban planner behind iconic New York landmarks like Shea Stadium and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. But while NYC is definitely in Bob Moses' DNA, its members actually met as high school students in Vancouver, Canada. The pair reunited randomly years later when, bumping into each other in a Lowe's parking lot, they discovered they had studios across the street from each other in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood. Howie had arrived there after a stint at Boston's Berklee College of Music, on a partial scholarship as a singer-songwriter. Vallance, meanwhile, had found some success as a producer/engineer/DJ creating commercial dance music -- his remix of Sia's "Buttons" brought him some early attention -- but "I'd fallen out of love with making cheesy big-room tracks," he laughs. "We booked a couple days to write at my studio for fun, and by the end of the week, I told Tom, 'Come live at my place and let's do this every day.'"
Bob Moses is currently crafting its debut album for the group's new label, Domino. That's preceded by a new EP, First to Cry: taking its title from Bob Moses' blues-meets-deep-house take on "I Ain't Gonna Be the First to Cry" by R&B legend Bobby 'Blue' Bland, it marks Bob Moses as a characteristic addition to Domino's maverick stable. "We're massive fans of Domino artists like Four Tet, Caribou, Hot Chip, and Animal Collective, so it just seemed like a natural home for us," Vallance says. "We feel lucky to be starting this relationship -- it's a big new world."
Everybody dance now!
9pm | $5.00 day of show
SNAP! is the brainchild of Ms. Coco Madrid, originally ignited by the musical talents and tastes of DJs Palmer "Freaky Outty" Auty and Chip "Colin Jones" Brokaw in 2007. Spawned in the dingy nooks of Branx in Portland, Oregon, the night was born out of the ferocious, crate-digging appetites of Palmer and Chip, alongside the need to establish a party for people to appreciate the early to mid-90s sounds of hip-hop, house, RnB, and bass-heavy club remixes that were in desperate need of dusting off. The music collections of Freaky Outty and Colin Jones were ready to be released upon the masses, an antithesis from the oppressive, thuggish aesthetic dominating Top 40 airwaves at the time. An arsenal of vibrant, jazzy, afro-centric, uplifting, and joyful club bangers had been amassed and was ready to resuscitate a youthful feeling of nostalgia amongst clubbers in Portland and beyond.
Fast-forward 2012: SNAP! is an institution. Having moved out of the confines of Branx and into the limelight of Holocene, one of Portland's most prestigious and popular nightclubs, the night has amassed popularity beyond capacity, powered by the razor-sharp turntablist antics and exclusive edits of Doc Adam (PDX -- Ante Up, Crossfaded Bacon) alongside the unimpeachably deep crates of Colin Jones (PDX -- Big Green Jones Show).